What is so special about Cree’s LED bulbs?

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    Given that their Wikipedia references are pretty thin, and one of the links is broken, and given that the company stock has dropped 30% in the last year (2011 – 2012), and that earnings have dropped 75% in the last year and a half, one thing that’s “special” about their bulbs is that the company making them seems to be a commercial failure.

    According to their own advertising, they “set a record” for the Cree LED in Feburary 2010 — but the Wiki article doesn’t explain what that “record” was. (Presumably, it was brighter than some other bulb.)

    Sounds like a company and a product on the skids, with more marketing mouth than substance.

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    In 2011, Cree produced an Energy Star approved LED-based A-lamp that it marketed as being “the same bright, warm light as a 60-watt incandescent bulb” and “the brightest, most efficient” LED bulb in its category. Cree developed and patented TrueWhite technology, which allows for longer bulb life and color consistency and brightness.

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      Thanks for the reference. So they are claiming that for Energy Star requirements, they have the brightest and the most efficient A-lamp. Saying that their bulb produces “the same bright warm light” as an incandescent, is a statement on their part that is technically incorrect. So I’m still wondering a little what’s going on. Their company isn’t doing well, so is the problem that the bulb isn’t economical?

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      That’s what it looks like. Apparently Cree hit problems with pricing and inventory; “Higher customer inventories and pricing pressure forced Cree Inc to cut its third-quarter revenue and margin forecast.” CNBC did a story and video about their economic woes last year, you can check it out here: http://www.cnbc.com/id/42236991?__source=yahoo|headline|quote|text|&par=yahoo

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